Florida woman accused of ‘repeatedly’ trying to run over child

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PORT RICHEY, Fla (WFLA) – A Port Richey woman arrested on a child abuse charge is now free on bond.  

When News Channel 8 approached 38-year-old Latoya Dortch about her arrest, she had no comment and rushed back into her home.

Investigators say she and the victim got into an argument at a home on Lancelot Road in Port Richey.

That’s when they say she kicked him out and locked the door.  

He broke into the house to retreive his seizure medication, which he has to take at certain hours of the day. He then left the home and started walking down the street.

Detectives say Dortch got behind the wheel of her 2018 Nissan Rogue and went after him.  

“The suspect attempted to strike the victim several times, not just once. And again we have a witness who saw this occur multiple times, not just once,” said Amanda Hunter, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

“So we’re very fortunate the victim in this case was able to get out without serious injury.” 

Dortch faces a single child abuse charge.  

Deputies released her from jail after she posted a $5,000 bond.

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